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amanullah
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Very good idea if Pak-China editors works on combined journal. China as well as Pak authors spend thousands of dollars each year on publication in journals of Europe and USA. Good journals will save a lot of foreign exchange in both countries. I am happy to cooperate in combined Pak-china journals, please.

Dr. Amanullah

Charley MIAO
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Charley MIAO

Dear Dr. Amanullah, very good idea. Do you have any concrete plan?

Vaclav Ranc
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Dear Dear Dr. Amanullah,
this sounds reasonable, and I I agree with you. This will also increase heterogenity, which would be beneficial.

Atilla Elçi
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Good articles evolve from academic research; and research means project. Project work requires finance. My advice would be to provide liberal project financing in addition to what is described in the indicated initiative to enhance local/national/regional publication environment.

Akaamaa Clement Wada
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Akaamaa Clement Wada

This a very good step in the right direction. Chinese researchers and Journal/book publishers should be able to streamline, strengthen and develop a strong base to produce and publish the ever increasing research data that abound in their country for their benefit and and the entire Asian sub-region.

I congratulate you on this laudable initiative and wish you sustained progress.

A C Wada Ph. D

Sadegh Vaez-Zadeh
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Elevating the quality of scientific publications by encouraging high quality works is needed. Nevertheless, more fundamental means must be used. A major one is to evaluate a manuscript by looking at the research process leading to the manuscript, not just by evaluating the meer manuscript. This is beacus some of us became master in producing papers without enough research basis. Such papers may even be published in high impact factor jurnals due to the insuficient review proceses. In fact a change in the review process of journals is needed. Of course it takes time and can be regarded as a… Read more »

Isaac S.
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Isaac S.

I strongly believe this is a very good initiative to prevent pertinent issues, related to focus on publications in SCI/SSCI and mandatory formalities/requirements in some institutions. This certainly open the doors for further evaluation to bridge gaps in number of publications against reviewers, positive impact of academic papers across all sectors and to some extent, helping Chinese journals up or amplify their quality against other top journals in Europe/America.

Regards
Isaac Sarfo (PhD student)

Dr. Kaiser Jamil
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it’s not only plagiarism but language and grammar are also to be taken note of. Some of the Asian countries are good in writing skills, but unfortunately, high throughput types of equipment are lacking in the developing countries, hence they lack in quality publications. This has to be rectified -now since China has good labs and best equipment, they should encourage more collaborations with Asian countries to produce good quality publications and this way they can overcome language problems.
Asian editors should join chines editors and should work together to share costs for good publications
Dr. Kaiser Jamil

Dr. Rose Lisboa
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Dr. Rose Lisboa

Diversity and inclusion are also important in the scientific area. Therefore, teamwork with other countries will result in improved quality.

Dr. Md. Hasanuzzaman
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Dr. Md. Hasanuzzaman

I am thinking that the scientific community should not be involved only on core research work like the molecular biotechnology or deeper. Some basic updated research like the principles work is necessary. The popular article like the corona virus and its impact on regular livelihood should be priorities.

Slobodan Jankovic
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Slobodan Jankovic

I think that the action plan is appropriate, because it favors quality rather than quantity.

Stanley Gololo
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Stanley Gololo

I think the Action Plan is sound.

Mohammad Musharraf Uddin Bhuiyan
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Mohammad Musharraf Uddin Bhuiyan

I appreciate the initiative of preparing action plan by the China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Education to improve the quality of Chinese STM Journals. This will definitely help other Asian countries to publish their researches in good journals of China. Moreover, this action plan will encourage different institutes and researchers to conduct timely and important research in China. However, the management of Chinese Journals should always try to maintain the quality of Journals comparable to Western Journals (Europe and North America).

Dr. Rubina Munir
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Dr. Rubina Munir

This is actually a very brilliant approach.
Quality should be the top priority instead of quantity.
New competitor journals are a dire need of the moment.

SAAD TAYYAB
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SAAD TAYYAB

I agree that the quality of journals is very important. At the same time, number of articles published in an issue of the journal should also be restricted to a particular number, say <20 articles. Reducing the number of local journals is a good move towards increasing quality but these journals should have an international Editorial Board, comprised of well recognized/respected scientists in their fields. Furthermore, quality of research should not be judged by the number of papers rather based on the impact factor of the journal and citations of the articles.

Dr. Wong Lai Soon
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Dr. Wong Lai Soon

There is no point to keep on producing journal without enhancing the quality of work. Quality of life of researcher is much more important than publishing. By limiting the count of publications in determining KPI will greatly enhance the quality of work and quality of life of the researcher.

Prof. M. Tariq Javed
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Prof. M. Tariq Javed

I personally think that China should look more towards publishing in their own journal, that will help build the quality of Chinese journals. China can strengthen the editorial board of their journals by inducting people with good English and having good scientific understandings. the editorial board and reviewers play an important role in development of science, hence now is the time that china should switch to indigenous resource development, this will be a key in the uplift of science in China. Don’t bother about impact factor, look for impact of research to solve the field problems of local nature, international… Read more »

Dr. Abad Khan
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Dr. Abad Khan

The initiative is a good one and action plan is perfect. The quality has to be focused rather than quantity. The Renowned Scientits from their field of speciality shoul be included in Editorial Board. The quality of the research may be judged by its impact on society rather than impact factor. I would be happy to be a part of Asian Council of Science Editors.

Dr. Munasib Khan
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A very appreciable move toward the real scientific work that could really improve Asians quality of research especially and the humanity in general. There are researchers producing bundles of papers for the sake of moving to higher positions with nothing real on ground. Rectification of policies on Part of journals from time to time will unearth the real and high impact research. I will stand whatever steps are taken in this regards.

Dr Babar Hussain
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Dr Babar Hussain

Overall, the idea looks pragmatic.

Mohammad Akmal
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Mohammad Akmal

Excellent work shall be approved and try to get the excel

Wojciech Kacalak
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Wojciech Kacalak

My opinions on the most important elements of the action plan: Limiting the number of publications in assessments of scientific achievements is in my opinion justified. Targeting national STM magazines with international influence is appropriate and the best international magazines and important scientific conferences. In my opinion, patents should also be included. I believe that the restrictions may be as follows: in grant applications, individual researchers are limited to a maximum of 10 representative papers from a period of 10 years. In the grant reports, up to 5 works. Periodic assessment of the achievements of the researcher: an average of… Read more »

Krishna Pramanik
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Krishna Pramanik

In my opinion, this is no doubt a good idea and mission to share the ideas and constructive approach for maintaining the standards of the Asian Publishing Industry. However, It could be more appropriate if there is an effort of involving teamwork in term of collaboration with other Asian Countries.

Sagheer Atta
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Sagheer Atta

The quality of the research may be judged by its impact on society rather than impact factor. I would be happy to be a part of Asian Council of Science Editors.

Charley MIAO
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Charley MIAO

I think the core of the two Chinese official documents is to reduce the number of low-quality journals, both local and international, from the author’s end, to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and science advances through high-quality conferences and timely exchanges, and to attach importance of the theory to its combination with practice, thus putting forward higher requirements for journals, that is, how to facilitate readers to quickly access to related articles published by fewer high-quality journals. This is really worthy of wide-range discussion.

Prof Thiru Sritharan
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Prof Thiru Sritharan

I fully support this venture by China. Chinese Government is spending significant amounts on R&D. It is to their advantage to have a reputable publishing outlet to their research rather than relying on western publishers. China has financial and manpower resources to run a good family of scientific journals as publication vehicle for the whole world. It, of course must be in English, to reach everyone. A strong, reputed editorial board is necessary along with a team of independent reviewers. Reputation can only be built up over time. To make publication in the Chinese journals attractive, the would-be publisher could… Read more »

Dr Amjad Ali
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Dr Amjad Ali

The quality and success of a journal needs good team of editors. These journals should maintain such teams of editors who
have excellent research skills in their specific areas

Muneeb
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Muneeb

Great! I think this should have been done earlier but its better to do it late than never! No doubt this would help but I think it’s not enough. In my opinion, there is a lot of improvement needed in two sectors if we wish to uplift research, publications and journals; English writing and quality research. Unfortunately Asian researcher emphasis on number of publications rather on quality research . To overcome this, we need to restructure research by implementing stricter rules I.e all research conducted should be novel, proper peer reviewed manuscript should be published. Promotions should be on the… Read more »

BIyer
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BIyer

The action plan is aimed at improving quality. The action plan suggests that quality is measured by universally/internationally accepted journals and conferences. It also suggests that evaluation be based on a few highlighted publications. This is good for international journals (US/European) but would this be a good for indigenous journals is to be debated carefully. If China does not appreciate the quality of its science we can not expect the international community to appreciate it. I suggest that in addition to the above directives China/Asian countries should pump in money to establish high quality publishers associated with top notch universities… Read more »

Pratik Mochi
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Pratik Mochi

Very Good Action Plan.
Quality should be on priority rather than quantity.
I think this approach will be successful.

pinaki@iitg.ac.in
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Definitely quality is better than quantity.

Ravi Prakash
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Ravi Prakash

It is very encouraging to know that STM publishing from China is looking for expansion and growth to reach international standards. My humble suggestion is that such an expansion should include geographical diversity in terms of authors and case studies such as those emanating from developing countries in Asia and Africa. Further, it needs to focus on sustainability aspects (environmental, social, and economic) considering that many of the countries are still in the development phase, unlike those in Europe and North America.

Dr Md Kamrujjaman
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Absolutely a good initiative by China.
The government has enough financial support for their researchers in China.
Although research has no particular domain, however China can open a new platform; High quality journals in each branch of science combined with other Asian Editors and researches.
The Talented Young Scientist Program (TYSP) was on of the robust program introduced by China.
It is also important to maintain the quality of the publications than numbers.

Congratulations China!!

Dr. Nisantha Kurukulasooriya
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Dr. Nisantha Kurukulasooriya

It is better to improve the publication and their quality since large number of fake journals and research papers are emanating like mushrooms. Thus, need to consider the factors that differentiate publications as FAKE and must remove such factors within the publication policy. On the other end, there should be a strong editorial board and review panel to maintain the quality of research papers.

Thank you

Muhammad Hassan ul Haq
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Muhammad Hassan ul Haq

If new journals are established under this policy, they must have a better curation system where field and sub-field of every article is clearly mentioned and categorised as a new standard. This shall lead to better citation fueling relevant research and a unique portfolio for publishing cutting-edge research.

Elysha Nur Ismail (Ph. D)
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Elysha Nur Ismail (Ph. D)

I must first congratulate China for their excellent initiatives.
The quality of the research project is supported by stable and sustainable financial support. China has already have a platform to work on and introducing a more robust program in collaboration with Asian scientist would be a bold move. You may need a good team of editors with excellent research skills in their specific research areas.

Elysha Nur Ismail (Ph. D)
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Elysha Nur Ismail (Ph. D)

I would be happy to be a part of Asian Council of Science Editors.

fatemajawad@gmail.com
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fatemajawad@gmail.com

I would like to share my experience with research articles from Cina. I am the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, the leading pubmed indexed biomedical journal of Pakistan.There is a large volume of high quality research being done in China as the government has invested in this field. The drawback is writing this research. As most top quality journals of the world are in the English language, the Chinese researchers face a handicap here. Every publisher cannot have means to completely overhaul the article. At times it can be damaging also. The Chinese researchers should first have… Read more »

Mustafa Habib
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Mustafa Habib

Mutual and combined effort both by china and pakistan is the need of the hour.Sceince is the not the monopoly of europe and america. Sceintific writting especialy paper writting is the demanding feild of the future. There is no doubt that european and americans are dominating in this field becusae of the quality of the research and high moral ethics.But with the commitment and financial investment, this gap can be covered in a rational manner. China being the friendly country of pakistan, can help us by investing in our higher education sector. Pakistan being the rich in ambitious and talented… Read more »

Dr. Md. Moshiur Rahman
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This is a good attempt to publish papers jointly by Chinese and other Asian nations. It will increase the quality of the article. However, there should be project support by the authority to encourage new works by the Asian nations especially in the developing countries. Unfortunately many government is reluctant on fostering the fundamental research rather they are hanker after the applied research. How would the technology come from if fundamental research is being neglected? Wish a great success of this honest attempt.

Ashwani Kumar
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This is a good initiative. It is important that now the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity.

Khalid Mohiuddin
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Khalid Mohiuddin

It is a good initiative. It requires coordinated efforts.

Majid Montazer
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Majid Montazer

This is good idea. It should be tried and may involve other Asian countries.

Rajib Biswas
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Rajib Biswas

It appears to be very much timely and with long term effects. When quality comes before qunatity, it is pretty obvious that we can expect good findings. Accordingly, the funding as well as assessments should also be done by looking at the broader impact of the findings. Publishing in STM journals of national repute is really a good initiative which will enable them to be at par with other recognized STM international journals.
Overall, the proposal is good.

Aminul Islam
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Aminul Islam

I congratulate your great initiatives.

Monjur Ahmed
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Monjur Ahmed

Chinese Journals are so far prestigious as they are maintaining quality and many of them are pubmed indexed. My suggestion would be to keep the latest topics and updates in the journals so that journals become more attractive to the readers.

Eduardo Marques-da-Silva
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Eduardo Marques-da-Silva

I think it is a very good idea, which can improve the quality of the published works. Another important action to help the Journals to receive more works with high quality is the implementation of a greater policy to encourage the participation of researchers from developing countries in this process, providing funding and possibilities for collaboration with research centers with greater structure.

Bhaskar Ganguly
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Bhaskar Ganguly

Besides quality of publication, the credibility of Chinese research is a major issue as well. Much of the work reported from China, many times including that in good journals, fails reproducibility. I’d like to see both quality and credibility being addressed.

Michel A. Van Hove
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Michel A. Van Hove

The issue of quality over quantity in scientific publications is too complex to address comprehensively here. I think that the Chinese action plan is reasonable because it is simple and practical, but it is certainly incomplete (e.g. it does not address open access) and it is not immediately applicable elsewhere. Some issues to consider: The responsibility for action, in my opinion, is with the funders and employers of researchers, not with the editors of journals, whether domestic or international. But editors may be able to influence local decision-makers toward quality and away from quantity; however, the quantity may be commercially… Read more »

Younes Noorollahi
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Younes Noorollahi

I think that the action plan is highly appropriate, because it focus on quality rather than quantity. Elevating the quality of publications by encouraging high quality works is much important.

Ulrich Desselberger
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Ulrich Desselberger

The ‘publish or perish’ dilemma you describe is not exclusively relevant to China. In addition, every scientist will try to publish their work as prominently as possible. With regard to the Highlights of the action plan, I would change the order of 1 and 2 of publication sites: Top international journals of universal recognition should, in any case, be the first possibility to be considered, then domestic STM journals. In Europe and N America, you have the same situation. To gain international recognition you have to have publications in high impact journals. [Those are, by the way, also those with… Read more »

NUR HAFIZAH BINTI ABD KHALID FKA
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NUR HAFIZAH BINTI ABD KHALID FKA

After reading the highlighted action plan in a given link, I have my personal view which maybe ministry could have one more item to be considered. To have more impact on publishing, I encourage the institutions and industries could have joint publications and ASCE can give an evaluation on this item.
I hope you can consider my opinion in order to improve your future plan.

Farzin Shama
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Farzin Shama

It is an excellent plan.

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